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New High School Could Affect Fourth of July

Town Manager said Wilmington could lose carnival.

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The impact is wide stretching. , one noticeable change that could follow would be felt over the summers in upcoming years.

Town Manager Michael Caira said because of the layout of the potential school, there could be changes to .

“It’s not clear at this point what kind of impact (the school) would have, but the obvious part is that it would likely impact ,” said Caira. “That doesn’t mean we can’t still have a celebration, particularly as it involves the activities on the Town Common. We might just have to switch the venue. I’d still expect the celebration, just maybe not the same as in the past.”

If the project passes, demolition of the gymnasium is the first step of construction. Caira said there would be no impact on the 2012 Fourth of July celebration because the demolition would not take place until after the festivities have wrapped up.

The Town Manager said the scope of the project would be felt on the Fourth of July activities slated for 2013 and 2014, which is when the school’s completion is slated for if it passes.

“(In those years) we would probably have to come up with alternative plans,” said Caira. “Frankly, the carnival is not the focus of the Fourth celebration. The carnival helps pay for the fireworks, so if the concern is about paying for the fireworks, that is certainly doable.”

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